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Top 10 Myths of Pet Food – Debunked

Top 10 Myths of Pet Food – Debunked

With so many myths, questions, and theories surrounding pet food, it can be a little overwhelming to know whether or not you’re doing the right thing as a pet owner. We wanted to help reduce that stress by tackling the top 10 myths about pet food for you! Let’s get started!

Table of Contents

    1. Myth : Dogs and cats can share food
    2. Myth : Dry pet food cleans your dog and cat’s teeth
    3. Myth : High protein diets are hard on your pets’ kidneys, especially as they age
    4. Myth : Dogs and cats should not be fed table scraps
    5. Myth : All human food is bad for dogs
    6. Myth : Raw food will give my dog Salmonella
    7. Myth : Homemade food is as good as manufactured food
    8. Myth : Ash level is important in cat food
    9. Myth : Changing formulas/brands of pet food is hard on your pet’s digestion
    10. Myth : Non-grain food is linked to heart disease

Myth #1: Dogs and cats can share food

This is absolutely false! Dogs and cats are very different animals that require different nutrients in their daily diet. Pending the age of your pet and the breed of your pet, they will require specific ingredients in their food. Giving a german shepherd food for your 1-year-old cat is no different nutritionally than giving your teenage child baby food. The nutrients simply aren’t there!

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Myth #2: Dry pet food cleans your dog and cat’s teeth

This is also false. Dry pet food does not clean the teeth of your pet. That’s simply not the purpose of the food. The purpose is to fuel, not clean. However, there are teeth-cleaning dog bones on the market that absolutely do aid in keeping your pets’ teeth and mouth clean. Your day-to-day pet food though is not the case!

Myth #3: High protein diets are hard on your pets’ kidneys, especially as they age

This varies from pet to pet. Whereas in general, no, a high protein diet is not going to make a huge difference on your pets’ kidneys as they age, your specific pet’s overall health can change that. Every animal is different, everybody is different. It’s important to remember that as your pet age, their body’s digestive system slows down and it can take longer to process protein, but it isn’t necessarily harder, just more time-consuming!

Myth #4: Dogs and cats should not be fed table scraps

This is the absolute truth. Dogs and cats are meant to have their own food that is formulated for their age, size, breed, and health condition. You should not be feeding your pet food from the table, especially without knowing if the food you’re tossing their way is something their bodies are capable of digesting!

Myth #5: All human food is bad for dogs

False. Not all human food is bad for dogs. There are however several foods that should be avoided at all costs including:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee/caffeine in general
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raisins and grapes

There are other foods that should be taken with caution, but these are the ones to 100% stay away from feeding to your doggo!

Myth #6: Raw food will give my dog Salmonella

This is true. Dogs can get salmonella from eating raw eggs/chicken. However, the bacteria are less likely to affect them the way it affects humans. In fact, most dogs with salmonella often just pass the bacteria in their stool. 

Myth #7: Homemade food is as good as manufactured food

This is true if you understand how to make dog food correctly and are not simply feeding your dog the same thing you’re eating for dinner! You’ll need to do some research before you start making dog food at home, but it is absolutely attainable!

Myth #8: Ash level is important in cat food

Yes. The ash (mineral) level found in cat food is important pending your cat’s specific health needs. Ash isn’t burned off in the digestion process, it is simply absorbed by the body. If your cat needs more or less of a specific mineral, you’ll want to purchase food that will lead to such results.

Myth #9: Changing formulas/brands of pet food is hard on your pet’s digestion

This can be true, but it can also be false. Again, you need to understand your pet’s specific health needs. Switching from a brand that is known to be all-natural and organic to a brand that is less organic can wreak havoc on the digestive tract. Know your pet first and start with small changes.

Myth #10: Non-grain food is linked to heart disease

Studies have shown that grain-free pet food can lead to heart disease, but primarily in cats. This is not to say a grain-free diet is a bad idea, but it should be monitored by a veterinarian before being given to your pet.

 

Hopefully, this myth buster’s session has reduced any pet-owner anxiety you have! Pawrulz is a pet community born purely out of our love for pets! If you are a pet parent, then we aim to help you provide the best care to your adorable. We are as passionate about your pet as you are and we aim to provide your pet the dedicated care it deserves.

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